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Extended Finite Element Method for Crack Propagation



Extended Finite Element Method for Crack Propagation

Sylvie Pommier, Anthony Gravouil, Nicolas Moes, Alain Combescure

ISBN: 978-1-848-21209-1 February 2011 Wiley-ISTE 254 Pages


Novel techniques for modeling 3D cracks and their evolution in solids are presented. Cracks are modeled in terms of signed distance functions (level sets). Stress, strain and displacement field are determined using the extended finite elements method (X-FEM). Non-linear constitutive behavior for the crack tip region are developed within this framework to account for non-linear effect in crack propagation. Applications for static or dynamics case are provided.

Foreword xi

Acknowledgements xiii

List of Symbols xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1. Elementary Concepts of Fracture Mechanics 1

1.1. Introduction 1

1.2. Superposition principle 3

1.3. Modes of crack straining 4

1.4. Singular fields at cracking point 5

1.5. Crack propagation criteria 10

Chapter 2. Representation of Fixed and Moving Discontinuities 21

2.1. Geometric representation of a crack: a scale problem 22

2.2. Crack representation by level sets 29

2.3. Simulation of the geometric propagation of a crack 52

2.4. Prospects of the geometric representation of cracks 66

Chapter 3. Extended Finite Element Method X-FEM 69

3.1. Introduction 69

3.2. Going back to discretization methods 70

3.3. X-FEM discontinuity modeling 79

3.4. Technical and mathematical aspects 94

3.5. Evaluation of the stress intensity factors 98

Chapter 4. Non-linear Problems, Crack Growth by Fatigue 109

4.1. Introduction 109

4.2. Fatigue and non-linear fracture mechanics 114

4.3. eXtended constitutive law 137

4.4. Applications 164

Chapter 5. Applications: Numerical Simulation of Crack Growth 173

5.1. Energy conservation: an essential ingredient 173

5.2. Examples of crack growth by fatigue simulations 182

5.3. Dynamic fracture simulation 192

5.4. Simulation of ductile fracture 207

Conclusions and Open Problems 227

Summary 233

Bibliography 235

Index 253

"The book, intended for the solid mechanics community, is concisely written and includes numerous illustrations." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)